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Slip Sliding Away: The Economy and the GOP’s Campaign to Stop the Tax Hikes

Wednesday, July 7, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

More chilling news on the economy, as the Wall Street Journal reports that there is weakness in the service sector, the steel industry and in the shopping center business.

Joe Biden is upbeat though,confidently predicting to Politico’s Mike Allen that “[w]e’re going to continue to grow the economy,” and adding that by November the job growth will be between 100,000 and 200,000 jobs a month.

Who are you going to believe: All those statistics or Slow Joe Biden?

Republicans are positioned to make the case for extending the Bush tax cuts as the crucial policy move to save a struggling recovery. Unbelievably the headlines out of D.C. about the Republicans concern inside baseball among House leadership and Michael Steele, and –incredibly– my producer cannot find senior Republicans willing to spend a few minutes on air during their vacations. The sense that the House GOP is still not engaged is great and growing.

Every day the GOP has to be out in the public hammering on the unemployment rate and the tepid growth that has the country teetering on the brink of a backwards slide. Chairman Steele is of zero use to the party between now and November, but getting some pro-growth Republicans on the road and pointing to the obvious, crucial need to stop the tax hikes is the most obvious of campaigns to wage. Waiting for Labor Day to start the fall campaign is a relic of a calendar that lost its relevance long ago.


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